Chelsea rout pleases Villas-Boas

PA Sport
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Fernando Torres

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down the importance of the 5-0 hammering of Genk, and the Fernando Torres double which helped the Blues stroll to the comprehensive Champions League win at Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas' side maintained their one-point lead at the top of Group E with the thrashing in London, which came courtesy of goals from Raul Meireles, Salomon Kalou, Branislav Ivanovic, and a brace from the impressive Torres.

His manager decided to downplay the former Liverpool man's display, however, saying: "It's about the team's performance. Fernando played very well - but we look at the collective performance. I'm pretty pleased with the way the team played."

Villas-Boas said that he never had any doubt that Torres would perform despite his recent absence from first-team action due to suspension.

"It was never a question of him (not being in his best form)," Villas-Boas said.

"It's important for players to feel confident, and he's feeling confident in his abilities. He was always on form."

Another three points in Belgium next month would all but guarantee the club's qualification, but Villas-Boas is not getting carried away with talk of his team challenging for the Champions League trophy that Blues owner Roman Abramovich craves.

Villas-Boas said: "With seven points, we go to Genk and the three over there would put us in a good position to qualify but this group could become very tight depending on what happens in Leverkusen with Valencia.

"The most important months for us will be the last three of the season, when you finally win or don't win trophies. For now, we're just aiming at our objectives. We want the best results as possible to get qualification through, and keep on track for going as far as we can in the competition."

Genk boss Mario Been admitted Chelsea were a class apart from what his team could offer. They were on totally another level," Been said.

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